Talisker Distillery Tramway

Location: Talisker Distiller, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Highlands

Route: Talisker Distiller – Carbost Pier on Loch Harport

Click here for an old OS Map of the route.

Length: 3/4 mile

Zoom in on the map below to see the trackplan at Carbost pier.

Date opened: 1900

Date closed: 1948

Gauge: 2’/60cm

Owner: Talisker Distillery

Engineer: Unkown

Contractor: Unkown


Update – Click here for photos from 2013 – track no longer visible due to improvements to the pier and access track.

The entrance to the quay at Carbost looking back towards the distillery. Image © Gordon Thomson

Entrance to the loop on the quay at Carbost Image © Gordon Thomson

Looking on to the pier showing the return siding to where the shed was located Image © Gordon Thomson

Looking from the head of the pier. The shed which housed some stock was located to the right, the route to the distillery is to the left Image © Gordon Thomson

Looking from the distillery along the route of the tramway towards Carbost Pier Image © Gordon Thomson

Part way along the route looking towards the distillery Image © Gordon Thomson



Initially horse worked, during the latter years of operation a road tractor was used.




  • Small 4 wheeled open wagons with side-tip mechanism for conveying coal to the distillery from the pier
  • 10′ long flat wagons for transporting whisky casks, barley and barrels

Current status:

Closed, some rails are visible near the pier where they are set in concrete.  One of the flat wagons is  preserved in private ownership in the Broadford area of the Isle of Skye.



No layouts of, or based on, this line known of.




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